Watch out for Sangweni
17 August 2012 | MZWAKHE NGWENYA
JOHANNESBURG - Sangweni joined Mamelodi Sundowns in the off-season, and the former AmaZulu man has been impressive in their past two matches, capping his spirited displays with two goals.
As Zeca Marques’ Dube Birds travel to the Atteridgeville venue, throughout their journey from Soweto to the western side of Tshwane, Sangweni would be occupying their thought processes ahead of the first leg match of the Wafa Wafa competition.
Given that Sundowns are in the semifinals after a convincing 4-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs in the quarterfinals, Swallows do indeed have something to think about.
Sundowns’ display against Chippa United where they won 1-0 a week ago was not a convincing one. That may be a game which Swallows will look to as a motivation for their hopes of beating Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens’ side this evening.
Swallows themselves fell short in their last game against Platinum Stars, losing 3-1, and it may not be far fetched to think Sangweni may continue where he left off against the Chilliboys and Chiefs.
His rise to the Brazilians starting line-up has left many awestruck, as his move from Durban to Chloorkop was seen as career suicide, given that Sundowns seldom allow their new signings to shine.
Sangweni proved his strength was not only shooting from long range, but that he can use his head as he did with his headed goal against Chiefs.
This evening he will be up against Lefa Tsutsulupa and the experienced Macbeth Sibaya in the battle for midfield and another impeccable display from him would put him among the best anchormen in the PSL.
This position seems one which local teams are never able to fill with local talent, and is an area which has largely been occupied by foreign players like Bidvest Wits’ Tinashe Nengomasha and Sundowns’ Zimbabwean Esrom Nyandoro. Sangweni’s ability to operate there, is testament he is a rare breed.
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